• The Silence Is Deafening

    Posted by on February 11th, 2008 · Comments (20)

    Is it just me, or, has it been 11 days since we’ve last heard from Hank Steinbrenner?

    Man, is the boy due, or what?

    Comments on The Silence Is Deafening

    1. keithny
      February 11th, 2008 | 12:30 pm

      Um, what? Complain about him when he talks too much and then post about him not talking? Wow.

    2. February 11th, 2008 | 12:57 pm

      “Complain about him when he talks too much and then post about him not talking?”

      Please, please, please…find where, on this blog, that we ever complained about him talking too much. You won’t be able to…because it never happened.

    3. baileywalk
      February 11th, 2008 | 1:12 pm

      Why can’t the “WW Staff” have names? Why must they remain anonymous and unknown? It’s like having a discussion with an entity instead of a person. Does the “WW Staff” opinion represent some majority opinion of many or is it still one individual’s thoughts?

    4. Nick from Washington Heights
      February 11th, 2008 | 1:35 pm

      Is WW Staff different from Steve? I assume so. Is it one person? I don’t know. For some reason this last thing bothers me.

      I believe Hank saw his own shadow last Saturday, so two more weeks of silence.

    5. antone
      February 11th, 2008 | 1:38 pm

      Yeah this whole WW Staff thing confuses me too. Who is “WW Staff”? Is it Steve posting in disguise? haha

      Most people reply to the WW Staff posts as if Steve posted them, so I think it’s confusing some other people here as well.

      I don’t think Steve mentioned much about “WW Staff” except that he couldn’t post all the time and we would start seeing staff posts but never really elaborated beyond that I don’t believe.

      I still haven’t seen any posts on why the readership is expected to increase, and that was promised almost a week ago.

    6. February 11th, 2008 | 1:39 pm

      baileywalk – The opinions expressed by “WW Staff” do reflect the opinions of Waswatching.com as well as any of its affiliates or subsidiaries. As such, any questions asked to “WW Staff” will be answered, when possible, reflecting the position of Waswatching.com (on that matter) as well as any of its affiliates or subsidiaries.

    7. February 11th, 2008 | 1:45 pm

      antone, all – any posts or comments that come from “Steve Lombardi” are made directly by him.

      Any posts, etc., from “WW Staff” are outside of something from “Steve.”

      See: http://www.waswatching.com/archives/2008/01/some_administra_3.html

    8. Corey
      February 11th, 2008 | 1:54 pm

      anybody else get a bad feeling about this whole increased readership/ww staff deal? All the secrecy is definitly taking away from the blog…I guess its cause of the dead time

    9. baileywalk
      February 11th, 2008 | 2:00 pm

      I’ll be happy for Steve when the increased readership arrives — especially if it means he’ll be able to make money — but I just hope this place doesn’t become another LoHud or BronxBanter, which has so many comments that you can’t really follow it. On LoHud, which I cruise once in a while, Pete posts something and ten minutes later there’s fifty comments. It’s hard to really engage other writers or keep things coherent. That’s what I like about this site: as popular as it is, the comment section doesn’t explode after every post. In other words, if MJ or Rich or somebody writes something interesting, I know I can respond to him and my response won’t get lost in the shuffle.

    10. February 11th, 2008 | 2:24 pm

      “anybody else get a bad feeling about this whole increased readership/ww staff deal?”

      Good thing you don’t write a blog. People would say you’re being negative again. ;-)

    11. Corey
      February 11th, 2008 | 3:05 pm

      Good thing you don’t write a blog. People would say you’re being negative again. ;-)

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      i can say that I’ve never accused steve or his staff of being negative…I don’t really like it when they attack you guys

    12. MJ
      February 11th, 2008 | 3:27 pm

      …but I just hope this place doesn’t become another LoHud or BronxBanter, which has so many comments that you can’t really follow it…
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      Couldn’t agree more, Baileywalk. I read LoHud for a bit of the news tidbits and because sometimes there are good audioclips or pictures. But getting into a “conversation” there is absolutely impossible. WW is like sitting at a bar with a large but fun group of regulars. You, Steve, Rich, Raf, Lee S., and a couple of others make it a lot more like a group of friends (even if we fight sometimes).

    13. antone
      February 11th, 2008 | 4:01 pm

      I agree with you guys, the fact that you can actually recognize the people who comment here and remember their opinions and different personalities is part of what makes this blog the best out there. Other blogs are too crowded with nonsense in the comments section.

      This whole staff thing still seems very vague to me, I already read the post about administrative changes and it doesn’t say much.

      Also, anyone notice that danredsoxman has been MIA? think Steve blocked him? HAHA

    14. Mike Z
      February 11th, 2008 | 4:43 pm

      The “WW Staff” and “Steve” posts seem too similar in style to be written by different people.

      Reading the “Some Administrative News” post, and looking at the times/dates of previous posts, it seems pretty clear that Steve just doesn’t want to be posting under his real name during work hours.

      Anyways, I agree that the comment atmosphere here is much preferable to LoHud or Bronx Banter. Even though I don’t comment much myselft, its nice to be able to follow insightful conversations.

    15. February 11th, 2008 | 5:15 pm

      Antone, yes, I’ve been in the habit lately of blocking those who can’t follow our community standards.

      ~~~i can say that I’ve never accused steve or his staff of being negative…I don’t really like it when they attack you guys~~~

      Thanks. I’m not crazy about when people come at me with their fangs out as well. Or, when it seems like they read this blog just to leave comments telling me how stupid they believe me to be, or, to tell me that I’m being negative all the time, questioning my ‘fandom,’ etc.

      But, then, I remind myself of two things.

      First, (as I have read elsewhere on the ‘net) that ‘an optimist is in for a grinding series of disappoints in life as one thing after another goes wrong. [And, that] a healthy sense of pessimism and a cynical outlook gives a more realistic slant on life. Plus, [only] a pessimist can ever get a nice surprise.’ {wink}

      And, joking aside, secondly, that the attack trolls are actually doing me a favor. The more they come here, read, post, etc., the more it drives up my page views counts. And, the more page view counts that I get helps raise the standing of this blog in those places that look at things like page views. So, while those who like to come after me [often] think they’re doing me some harm, or embarrassment, or whatever their goal is, in the end, they’re actually helping me with their return trips to this blog. If they really wanted to have an impact, they should never come back to the blog. Now, THAT would hurt me – if that’s the goal. But, as long as they keep coming back, they’re doing me a huge favor.

      ~~~ WW is like sitting at a bar with a large but fun group of regulars. You, Steve, Rich, Raf, Lee S., and a couple of others make it a lot more like a group of friends (even if we fight sometimes).~~~

      I agree – and, I’ve heard this before from others – in that the regulars who leave comments at this blog are part of the reason why this blog has done as well as it has, to date. And, believe me, I really appreciate that.

      Here’s the deal on the expected increase in readership. I have an agreement, in principle, which will help raise the platform of this blog. For me, I see this as a good thing. Since the deal is still pending sign-off, I cannot comment more on it. But, trust me, the MINUTE it becomes official, I will post something on it. I’m hoping that it will be done within the next week to ten days.

      Will this mean more comments – either good ones or bad ones – once this goes down? It might, sure. But, I hope that you all hang with it as this unfolds, and give it a try. I agree, when there are too many comments, it does get hard to have a “dialogue” as some would call it. To that end, what I recommend is to try and “quote” some of what you’re commenting about – like MJ did above with baileywalk’s comment, or as I have done with some comments here. That helps things to flow.

      Plus, and this ties back to the community standards thing, if parties are insisting on making comments that don’t lend towards the quality and readership enjoyment of this blog, I intend on deleting those comments and barring the parties from leaving comments – as best as I can. Hopefully, that will help maintain what you all enjoy about making comments here – even with the increase in readership.

      But, again, please, once the news breaks on the future of WasWatching.com, give it a nice, loooooong, try, in the new world before you decide to pull up your stakes. The “optimist” in me tells me that it might be all good – and for the better – rather than being a bad thing. Thanks in advance!

    16. Raf
      February 11th, 2008 | 5:48 pm

      Also, if it’s dialogue you want, feel free to swing over by Netshrine. It’s a lot easier to keep track of threads there :)

    17. February 11th, 2008 | 8:00 pm

      Raf – you’ve given me an idea. Thanks. Let me get back to you all on this soon.

    18. February 11th, 2008 | 10:53 pm

      OK, here’s the deal. The NetShrine Fourm software is old – but, it still works and no one is using it.

      So, I created a forum for WasWatching.com readers/commenters to use – if they want to have Yankees dialogue.

      But, to see it, first you have to register for the NetShrine Discussion Forum. Here’s the URL:

      http://www.netshrine.com/vbulletin2/index.php

      Then, once you’re registered, you should send an e-mail to curator [at] netshrine [dot] com with the subject “WasWatching Forum Access” – - and be sure to include the name you use to register for the NetShrine Discussion Forum. Then I will grant you access to the forum.

      If you’re already registered and want in, just send me the e-mail.

      Note, it might take a day or more for me to process your request.

      I can’t promise that I will post there much – but, I can open the door for you all if you want a place to chat Yankees – in addition to here. Hope this helps.

    19. hopbitters
      February 11th, 2008 | 11:56 pm

      Would this be like previous NDF sub-boards and subject to the typical NDF standards, something separate under the WW community standards, unmoderated free-for-all, or something in between?

    20. February 12th, 2008 | 9:03 am

      Mostly an unmoderated free-for-all. That’s why it will be a private forum.

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